Wind, rain and snow alerts continue in France


Winds of up to 130 km / h and heavy rain are expected across France today as Storm Bella continues to approach from the north, with five central-south departments also on alert for snow and snow. ice.
The Forecaster Meteo France put 87 departments on yellow alert this morning, for strong winds, floods and storms.

Wind gusts up to 130 km / h

Storm Bella continued to hit the coast last night and this morning, with gusts of up to 124 km / h recorded at Gatteville-le-Phare (Manche) and Pointe du Raz (Finistère).

In Brest, gusts of up to 96 km / h were recorded, as well as 112 km / h at Landivisiau.

The Normans have been warned to “protect the buildings” and “stay at home” as gusts of 130 km / h hit the other side of the Channel last night.

The deputy prefect of Dieppe, Alain Gueydan, declared that “the major danger is the risk of obstacles on the roads or the railroads”.

Elisabeth Castelotti, deputy prefect of Cherbourg, advised citizens to continue to “take precautions” and to “protect buildings by closing windows and shutters, especially along the seafront. Protect all objects that could fall or that could be taken away ”.

People near the coast are always strongly advised not to walk along the waterfront or enter the sea.

Ms Castelotti advised people to stay home, but said ’emergency services are on alert [and] ready to intervene ”in the event of falling trees, cutting of electrical or telephone wires or damage to roofs or chimneys.

Mr Gueydan said: “This is a storm that we have to take seriously. We will take every precaution and ask people to respect the [existing] curfew from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. ”

Snow and ice

Meanwhile, Aveyron, Cantal, Corrèze, Lozère and Puy-de-Dôme are currently on orange alert for snow and ice.

Conditions are expected to particularly affect roads and driving safety.

The Massif Central should have snow on the ground from an altitude of 600 m and above.

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